City Pools Begin to Close

Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has announced when the city's outdoor pools are closing for the season. Nannie J. Lee Pool, at 1108 Jefferson St.; Nicholas Colasanto Pool, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave.; and John Ewald Pool, 4500 Duke St., closed last Friday. Charles Houston Pool, at 901 Wythe St., is closed for repairs.

Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St., and Warwick Pool, 3301 Landover St., will remain open until Labor Day with the following schedule:

* Old Town Pool -- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 7 p.m.

* Warwick Pool -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission to the large outdoor pools costs $1 for children 7-17 and adults 60 and older, $2 for adults 18-59.

The Dr. Robert S. Rixse Memorial Indoor Pool at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, 3210 King St., is open year-round, 6 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on the weekends.

The Rixse Pool is scheduled to close for maintenance on Labor Day and will reopen Sept. 14. Admission for Alexandria residents is $3 for youth and seniors (60 and older), $5 for ages 16 and older and $8 for nonresidents of all ages.

Season passes for Old Town and Warwick pools can be purchased at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center.

For more information, group reservations and season passes for outdoor pools and indoor pools, call the aquatics supervisor at 703-519-2160, Ext. 18, or visit the Web site at

Curriculum Chief Named

Alexandria School Superintendent Rebecca L. Perry has appointed Cathy David, formerly executive director for elementary programs, as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

David, a native Alexandrian, began her career in the city more than 24 years ago as a teacher at William Ramsay Elementary School. She has also been a summer school administrator, curriculum and staff development specialist, and principal of Charles Barrett and Samuel W. Tucker elementary schools. Under her leadership, Tucker achieved full accreditation in its first year, according to a school system press release.

David received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree in school administration from George Mason University. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award (2001), the Alexandria Jaycees' Outstanding City Employee award (1993), and the Thanks to Teachers Award (1990), sponsored in part by Apple Computer Inc.

Library Relocating for Now

Beginning Sept. 7, the Duncan Branch Library, which is closed for expansion, will be temporarily relocated at 3809 Mount Vernon Ave., just south of CVS, in an Arlandria building that formerly housed a Blockbuster Video store.

The Duncan library, which is growing by 5,000 square feet, is expected to reopen in the spring. The renovations at 2501 Commonwealth Ave. will include an environmentally friendly green roof, a naturally illuminated adult reading area and a new children's area. An additional entrance will be provided on Commonwealth Avenue.

The temporary library will keep regular branch hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays.

A large, representative selection of Duncan's collection of books, CDs, videos and DVDs will be available for checkout at the temporary location. Most library services will be offered, including computer access, reserving items, some reference materials and some programs.